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5 Centimetres Per Second [Blu-ray] [2007]

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  • Directors: Makoto Shinkai
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YBW758
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,013 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Beginning with the lyrical image of cherry blossoms falling at five centimeters a second Makoto Shinkai paints a breathtakingly vivid tableau of young love, desire, loss and hope. Told in three breathtaking chapters we follow the young dreamer Takaki through his life as cruel winters cold technology silence and finally adult obligations and responsibility converge to crush the delicate petals of true love. Finding beauty in everyday objects and moments Shinkai reveals he is a master of animation and haunting beautiful storytelling. Fall in love with this gorgeous thoughtful film hailed by critics and audiences alike for its beauty truth and innovation in animation.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joe.H on 26 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I think the word I would use to describe this film is "beautiful". The artwork blew me away, it is absolutely amazing, so sharp and detailed but soft and almost dreamlike, with the sky constantly through the film being filled with stars and heaven knows what else! The soundtrack is also very fitting and really nice, although not entirely sure how much I love the final pop song. As for the storyline, I liked it, I am a fan of romantic films, and sad ones as well but it wasn't my favourite, I think it was perhaps a little too short, left a little bit too much unexplained. But then maybe that was its point. I agree with another of the reviewers that "The girl who leapt through time" and "millennium actress" are both arguably better films but I certainly don't think this film was far off the mark.

To conclude, this film is gorgeous, the artwork and soundtrack make the film stand out from the rest and whilst the storyline and composition may not make this the best film, it certainly makes it one not worth missing!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karl on 19 July 2008
Format: DVD
Well, I'll keep this simple...this was a beautiful movie and I highly recommend that you buy it. This movie has 2 Titles; '5 Centimeters per Second', which I think is the European title, and 'A Chain of Short Stories About Their Distance', which is the Asia-Pacific title I think.

I bought this movie in China recently and was overwhelmed at how amazing it was. The animation is outstanding (NOT CGI, this is *real* animation) and the soundtrack is so moving...If you want a faced-paced action block-buster, then this is definitely NOT for you. However, if you want a movie that you actually have to think about during the film and afterwards or a movie that will move you, then this IS for you.

Replay value; high!

Buy this now, and enjoy a fantastic movie tomorrow...

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hughes on 16 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I arrived at this movie from several places: some familiarity with animé, including the entire Region 2 Studio Ghibli collection; some familiarity with Japanese cinema, past and present; a visit to Tokyo and Kyoto several years ago.

Five Centimetres Per Second [DVD] [2007], like Still Walking [DVD] [2008], is unadulterated Japan in several respects. The characters behave in a restrained and understated manner, in accordance with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Cherry blossoms (but not cherries) and railways (but not the grease and technology of trains and rails) are important. The voice acting, especially the two female leads, is superior in the original Japanese.

The movie consists of three episodes. In each there is a pervading sense of sadness, loneliness and unresolvedness. The first episode has the most satisfactory story. Although the director, Makoto Shinkai, in a DVD extras interview, states that the theme of the movie is the rate at which things happen (blossoms drift to the ground, a train journey takes many hours, a rocket suddenly blasts off into space from Tanegashima Space Centre), it is the exquisite and pervasive sadness (the Japanese aesthetic of mono no aware) infusing the movie that lingers, as in Grave Of The Fireflies [DVD] [1988].
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 8 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In many respects this film feels like an animated equivalent of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three colours" trilogy. The animation is paced at the same speed and the camera seems to linger on the most mundane of everyday detail so that it's importance seems to resonate. Coupled with this, the dialogue seems quite profound and eschews the banality that you might expect with an animated film seemingly aimed at teenagers. In fact, this is a very curious film. With a duration of 60 minutes, this is not an epic that can be compared with something produced by Ghibli and the film istelf is broken down into three distinct sections which culminates in the principle character reflecting on things which might have been.

Japanese anime is a curious animal. The landscapes and townscapes are incredible pieces of illustration and the depiction of the skies probably the most evocative in art since John Constable. On the face of it, this is a romance yet the story looks at the perspective of the girl, the boy and the girl whose love is not reciprocated. In contrast to the wonderfully drawn environs, the three protagonists have the same doe-eyed look that is so familiar in Japanese animation and , in my opinion, effectively expresses the range of emotions whilst reminding the viewer that although this film could have easily been illustrated in a realistic fashion that featured real people, the director clearly was intent on ensuring that this was an animation.

In short, this may be visual candy but when the results are so stunningly beautiful, who cares? The carefully thought words are expertly and profoundly juxtaposed with the images to combine to produce a masterpiece.
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